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Hi all,

So whilst my wife and I are WDW vets (met there, worked there, married there etc etc) we decided this year we would give DLP a shot, and are going in a couple of days for 5 days.

My wife has been twice before, however we are talking once when the place was new and she was 8 and once for 2 days at least 6/7 years ago and it was very rushed. I personally have never been, as to be honest it hasnt appealed

We will be staying at Newport Bay, we have half board dining plan (have called up and booked our buffets) and are doing the VIP Lion King show on Wednesday for her birthday.

Ive applied out WDW planning knowledge as well as I can, in terms of what to pack, watching Youtubers etc, however my question is, do any of you guys have any tips or tricks you wish you knew before your first visit. For example we know not to drink the water and take our own - stuff like that, that would just make the experience a little more smooth.

Or as smooth as it can be on the first week of the school holidays in 35 plus degree heat!

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I have to say, I've never had a problem with the water at DLP for drinking - there are fountains dotted about both parks.

What I'd say about DLP is - stop and look around you, the main Disneyland park is beautiful .
With the potential of 35 degree heat I'd say plan to get up and into the parks early morning, head back to your hotel in the afternoon for a rest/swim, and then go back into the parks in the evenings when it should be a little cooler.
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Out of interest why do you mention about the water? The tap water at DLP (and across France) is totally fine to drink. There are water fountains across both parks for re-filling bottles and it will save you a stack of cash versus buying bottled water .

Hope you have a fab trip, it sounds like you are pretty organised! I would say take your swimming things - with 5 days and long park opening hours you should be able to find the time for a couple of hours around the pool (maybe take some time out during the afternoon and head back into the park once the parade finishes and the crowds thin out a bit). It will help slow down the hectic days!
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Thanks, The early start and break in the day for a swim is our Orlando technique so hoping it will transfer well.

Regarding the water, every person who we have spoken to so far, has warned us about it, saying that it makes a lot of Brits sick as we arent used to something about it (I cant remember what) so buy bottled water from supermarket one stop away from the park by train. Ill double check but interesting to hear that you find it fine!
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honestly, my 3 kids and I were fine drinking the water from the fountains at DLP (in July, in 30-degree heat each day).
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My biggest tip is to leave WDW and it's associated tactics and planning at home.

At DLP, use EMT and you'll get the big draw rides done before everyone else comes in. Then use Fastpasses for the rest of the day (remember DLP still uses the good old paper Fastpass system). The parks are much smaller and closer together so the need to plan the living bejeezus out of everything is not really there.

If you have any sort of MasterCard, visit Guest Services in either park and request priority seating for Mickey & the Magician Show (the show is free, but seats can go quickly at peak times).

Don't bother with the DLP Photopass unless you really think you're going to get value from it (about 70 euros IIRC)

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And I've never heard or experienced any issues with the water in France 🤷
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My advice is totally take WDW out of your mind as they really are 2 completely different experiences. DLP is lovely, well themed but also so much smaller which means you can get around everywhere so much easier.

Make use use of the EMH - unlike WDW where the parks are heaving on EMH days, you can normally get a lot done at DLP. Head for BTM and grab a fastpass in Disneyland Park. At Studios Park head straight for Crush Coaster as this doesn't have Fast Pass (it does have single rider) and gets really busy. Try and get an early fast pass for Ratatouille as that is popular.

Try to buy drinks etc from the station supermarket located just by Disney Village this will save you s compared to the prices in the parks!

Can't comment on the water as try to avoid drinking tap water anywhere other than the UK anyway.
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